College of the Environment


May 7, 2010
Vol. 2, No. 8


Faculty Search - The School of Marine Affairs is interviewing several faculty candidates for an Assistant Professor position. The following dates/times are scheduled for their public presentations in Room 268 of the Marine Studies Building. All are welcome:

  • Jennifer Sepez, Anthropologist, Economics and Social Sciences Research Program, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center - Monday, May 17, 4:15 pm
  • Baerbel (Barb) Bischof, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography, Florida State University - Wednesday, May 20, 4:15 pm
  • Elizabeth Havice, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Politics and Resource Security, Colorado College - Monday, May 24, 4:15 pm
  • Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins, Research Associate, School of Marine Affairs, UW College of the Environment - Friday, May 28 at 10:45 am

Please note that Dr. Thomas Safford, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Marine Program at the University of New Hampshire, and Dr. Mark Needham, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, are also candidates and have already given their public presentations.

Lab Open House - On Saturday, May 8th, Friday Harbor Labs will be hosting an Open House. This event offers the opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities. Visitors can step aboard and tour the Labs’ 58’ research vessel, the R/V Centennial, and check out its remotely operated vehicle (ROV), oceanographic tools, and high-tech sonar systems. There will be several lectures given by FHL scientists, as well as posters, marine plants and animals, microscopes, plankton sampling and observations, and activities for visitors of all ages. Event to be held from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

College Alumni Happy Hour - On May 19th the College hosts its first CoEnv-wide event for alumni, bringing together friends and former classmates from:

  • Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Department of Earth and Space Sciences
  • Program on the Environment
  • School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • School of Forest Resources
  • School of Marine Affairs
  • School of Oceanography

The event will take place in The District Lounge (at the Hotel Deca in the U-District). There will be a no-host bar with free admission and the College will provide the appetizers! Register online now to reserve your spot...


Nelson Del Rio, a founding member of the College of the Environment Advisory Board and UW alum, will receive the UW's Charles E. Odegaard Award at the 2010 Equal Opportunities Program (EOP) Celebration on May 19. Mr. Del Rio is a businessman and philanthropist who has worked to improve the lives of citizens from emerging communities in the United States and abroad. The Odegaard Award honors a member of the University community who continues to carry out the former UW president's work on behalf of diversity at the UW and the citizens of the state of Washington. It is the only University- and community-selected award and is regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the UW.

Oceanography and Aquatic and Fishery Sciences undergraduate student Audrey Djunaedi has been named a 2010 Morris K. Udall Scholar. The award is granted to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and scholarship and who are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

The College of the Environment Scholarship Committee has nominated seven outstanding current and incoming students to receive College scholarships during the 2010-11 academic year.

The Del Rio Endowed Scholarship for Environmental Studies - The Del Rio Family Foundation established this scholarship endowment to encourage and support students in the UW College of the Environment who are eligible to participate in the university’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The Foundation hopes that through their studies and participation in real-world environmental research and problem-solving, students who receive this scholarship will broaden their personal horizons to include issues of global concern and will develop a passion and the skill set for making a difference in the world.

  • Alizabeth Green, incoming Freshmen in Oceanography
  • Aundrea Penaloza, continuing Sophomore in Paper Science and Engineering
  • Marcia Rosenquist, incoming Transfer Junior in Environmental Science and Resource Management
  • Carly Moreno, continuing Senior in Oceanography

The Nancy Wilcox Scholarship - Provost Phyllis Wise established this scholarship endowment to encourage and support students pursuing degrees in the UW College of the Environment. Dr. Wise named the endowment in honor and memory of her late sister, Nancy E. Wang Wilcox, who thought that there was nothing more important than one's education. It is this legacy that inspired Provost wise to establish this endowment to carry on her sister's commitment to helping others achieve their educational aspirations.

  • Brandon Ringstad, incoming Freshman in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • Hayley Davidson, incoming Freshman in Environmental Studies
  • Ricardo Humphreys, incoming Transfer Junior in Atmospheric Sciences

Student Opportunities

NSF's Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Marine Photosynthetic Organisms program (an International Research Experiences for Students Project) will provide US graduate students with opportunities to gain international research experience at the Station Biologique de Roscoff (SBR) in France, a research and training center in marine biology, oceanography, and marine genomics operated by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Students will work closely with SBR researchers on the molecular ecology and evolution of marine photosynthetic organisms. Students interested in the program can apply for stays up to 6 months and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Exact dates and duration of the research experiences will be agreed upon between selected students and their SBR host researcher.

The Pew Leadership Year offers hands-on experience in public policy advocacy, research and communications to individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors and have recently completed an undergraduate or advanced degree. The year-long, paid positions are all based in Washington, DC, and will provide 22 exceptionally talented graduates the chance to work alongside Pew professionals. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2010.

The National Marine Fisheries Service currently has a student position available at their Northwest Regional office in Seattle. The student will be doing work related to management of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, including participating in drafting basic research permits for ocean sampling projects, assisting in the monitoring of catches of Pacific coast groundfish, summarizing fishery regulations, tracking permit applications and appeals, collecting fishery information, and tracking comments from the public on fishery matters. The part-time position offers flexible hours and competitive pay (based on experience), with placement beginning June 2010. Applicants must be taking at least a half-time academic course load in Fall 2010. To apply, send (1) a copy of current transcripts (unofficial will suffice), (2) letter from student adviser or other proof of half-time enrollment in Fall Quarter 2010, and (3) a resume to Gretchen Hanshew by May 17, 2010.


Course Development Grants Available - The Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies is offering course development grants of $2,000 - $5,000 each to support course development in the areas of Global Security and Global Religions. The Center will support developing new courses and altering existing ones which incorporate one of these themes. Of specific interest to the College of the Environment, the Center has developed and is expanding the Global Human Security Initiative, a tightly focused program that integrates existing academic strength in traditional international security studies with a renewed emphasis on broader issues such as food security, international health, public affairs, migration, human trafficking, and environmental change. For questions about the application process, please contact Tamara Leonard at 206 685-2354 or Applications are due on May 20, 2010.

Federal funding opportunities

NSF is accepting proposals for the Instrument Development for Biological Research Program. The IDBR Program supports the development of instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research, in areas supported by NSF Biology programs. The program is accepting both Innovation Proposals (proposals for the development of innovative instrumentation that permits new kinds of measurements, or instruments that significantly improve current technologies)and Bridging Proposals (proposals for transforming, ‘one of a kind' prototypes or high-end instruments into devices that are broadly available and utilizable without loss of capacity). The goal of the IDBR Program is to produce systems that would benefit a broad user community through mass distribution of the technology. Deadline for full proposals is August 27, 2010.

Private funding opportunities

The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation is devoted to the conservation of nature and the amelioration of human distress. The Foundation seeks to redress the breakdown in the processes linking nature and humanity. It concerns itself particularly with matters of species extinction, habitat destruction and fragmentation, resource depletion and resource waste. The Foundation devotes a substantial portion of its funding to developing countries and is also actively involved in conservation in the United States, particularly Montana and those Western states historically dependent upon extractive industries and agriculture.

(Please note that many corporations and foundations have requested that UW Advancement facilitate their relationship with University of Washington faculty, staff and students. As such, all solicitations, applications, or requests for private giving from foundations or corporations must be developed in partnership with UW Advancement. Please contact a member of the College Advancement Team before submitting a proposal to private organzations. In addition, if you know program staff or board trustees associated with private funders, please contact a member of the Advancement Team as they would appreciate your assistance in helping them focus their efforts.)

Colleagues in the News

(April 23 - May 6, 2010)

It's not hail, it's graupel (Cliff Mass/ATMS, May 4, 2010)

Greendays Gardening Panel And Spicy Puget Sound (Rick Keil/Ocean, May 3, 2010)

Local scientists chart the course of Gulf oil spill (Tom Leschine/SMA, May 1, 2010)

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